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October 2017 Conferrings

October 2017 Conferrings


You’re Graduating so what happens next?

You will receive an email to your account during the first week of October with important information you will need for your big day, from how to get your tickets to where to book your robes.

In the meantime, here are some pointers:


Tickets will be available for collection from the ticket desk when you collect your academic robes, from the Sports Hall.  Specific times and dates for collection will be available soon, so please check for updates.  Tickets will not be posted to students.


Graduands do not need to present a ticket for admission to the ceremony, but should ensure that their guests carry tickets for presentation to stewards at the entrance to the conferring venue.  Each graduand will be allocated two tickets.  Only guests holding a ticket will be permitted entry to the conferring venue on the day.

As it is not possible due to Health and Safety constraints and guidlines, to exceed the seating capacity of the conferring venues, we regret that requests for extra tickets cannot be accommodated.  Guests with tickets will be admitted to the conferring venue and seated first.  Additional guests may only be permitted entry to the ceremonies should seating become available. There is no guarantee that additional seating will be available at any ceremony.  Graduands should make themselves aware of this in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. 

We kindly ask that the seating restrictions be observed for the safety and comfort of all graduands and their guests.

Academic robes

Each graduand must wear the appropriate academic robe during the ceremony.  Graduands should pre-pay for their robes with official robe makers Phelan Conan Ltd, prior to the deadline of midnight on Sunday 15th October 2017.  The pre-payment hire price is €31.

Go to the Student Robe Hire page at for booking robes and credit/debit card payment.  If you experience any problems booking your robe, please contact Freephone 1800 808 818 or email 

It is a graduand’s personal responsibility to ensure that you have ordered the required robe and hood from the official supplier of academic robes so that they are available for collection for your conferring ceremony.

If you have not pre-paid for your robe online it will cost €35 to hire it at CIT on the day and you may experience delays.  Please note that no cash is accepted at CIT – only credit/debits

The Ceremony


Due to the large number of people involved in the conferring ceremonies, it is important that you and your guests arrive on time.  Please ensure that your guests carry the ticket for presentation to stewards at the entrance to the conferring venue.  Only guests holding a ticket will be permitted entry to the conferring venue.

Your guests must be seated 20 minutes before the ceremony is due to commence.  Before entering the conferring venue, please switch off your mobile phones.

If you bring personal items such as a bag or camera to the ceremony, please either give them to your guests to look after, or leave them under your seat when you go on stage to receive your parchment.


Following the welcoming addresses, you and your fellow graduands will be guided from your seats by stewards to line up near the stage area.

When your name is called by the Head of Department, you should approach the stage to receive your parchment.  After you have accepted your parchment from the President and shaken hands with him, you should descend the stage and return to your seat.  When all of your graduating class have returned to their seats, the class will rise for their ovation together. 

Your cooperation with stewards during this process will be much appreciated.

Please Note: If you are unable to attend your conferring ceremony, you will be conferred In Absentia and your parchment will be posted to the address on your student record in due course.  If your home address has changed please email with your new details.


When the President has concluded his address, he returns to his seat.  Everybody stands.  The President, Registrar, and members of Governing Body lead the platform party from the stage, which is followed by the academic procession.  Graduates will be led to the area where group photographs will be taken.  Your guests will be directed from the conferring venue to the reception area.

Formalities for guests

  • You must be in receipt of a ticket to enter the Conferring venue.
  • You are expected to be in your seats 20 minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony.
  • You are requested not to leave your seat during the ceremony.
  • You may take photographs or film during the ceremony but only from your seat.
  • Should you arrive after the ceremony has commenced, you may not be admitted to the conferring venue.
  • Guest seating is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be reserved.  
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off during the ceremony.
  • At the end of the ceremony, you are kindly requested not to leave the venue until the academic procession has exited.
  • Tea, coffee and canapés will be served immediately after each conferring ceremony.

Graduands and guests with accessibility requirements

We are happy to make arrangements to accommodate a graduand or guest with accessibility requirements.  Please notify us by Friday 13th October by emailing so that arrangements may be put in place.


Graduands who are unable to attend their conferring ceremony will be conferred in absentia.  In due course, parchments will be posted to the home address on your student record. If your home address has changed please email stating your name, student number and new address.

Graduation Balls

Please click on the image below for full details and to purchase tickets:


Important note for graduands

Please note that all outstanding fees (and late penalties) must be paid in full by Friday 13th October to the Institute in order to be eligible to graduate.  While a fee remains unpaid it is not possible to have an award conferred by the Institute.

Graduands can check their account balance and clear any unpaid fees online at

Queries regarding outstanding fees should be emailed to stating your name and student number.